Big Data: The Secret Ingredient to a Successful Life Sciences Formula
In this interview, Dimitris Agrafiotis, the Vice President & Chief Data Officer at Covance, discusses the five steps of the clinical trial process and details the ways in which Big Data is involved every step of the way. How has Big Data changed the game for you – given you new capabilities and platforms and the ability to analyze large data sets? There is a lot of hype behind Big Data and I think it’s very important to dissolve some of this hype. For example, modern relational database technologies handle massive amounts of data absolutely brilliantly and this will be very important in Covance’s clinical data warehousing efforts. I saw the evolution in the life science business. I saw the volume of data increase, the diversity of data increase and the complexity of data increase. But at the same time, conventional technologies advanced at almost an equal pace. So today’s relational databases are not exactly your grandmother’s relational databases.
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